In Europe it's common for regional rail systems to get ridership comparable to that of the subway in the central city. But in America, this is unheard of. One reason for the discrepancy is land use: American commuter rail stations are typically surrounded by parking, while in the Paris region you see a different pattern with ample development next to suburban train stations.
Donald Trump plans to spend a trillion dollars on America’s infrastructure. Such spending has tantalizing potential to promote long-term growth — or to facilitate immense corruption and waste, on a scale not previously seen in the U.S. Which of the two is likelier? The answer must be the latter: Trump’s actions suggest that cost-effective construction is his […]